(By Senators Craigo, Bailey, Ross, Wiedebusch, Bowman, Dittmar, Manchin, Helmick, Anderson, Plymale, Whitlow, Sharpe, Schoonover, Love, Oliverio, Blatnik, Buckalew, Kimble, Deem, Yoder, Minear, Boley, Miller, Walker, Wooton, Jackson, Dugan and Tomblin (Mr. President)

Commending the West Virginia National Guard for its meritorious service to the citizens of West Virginia during the blizzard and flooding crisis of January, 1996.

Whereas, The National Guard is a centuries old institution and a vital part of our national defense and emergency preparedness systems; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard consists of nearly six thousand soldiers, airmen and employees in fifty-eight Army National Guard units and two Air National Guard groups throughout the state. Its mission in West Virginia is to preserve peace, order and public safety; and
Whereas, Unless called for active duty by the federal government, the National Guard is under the command of the governor of West Virginia and plays an important role in times of natural disasters; and
Whereas, When natural disasters have left the citizens of West Virginia in chaos, the National Guard has been a much needed force to aid those who have been affected; and
Whereas, The record amounts of snowfall followed by record flooding in twenty-two of West Virginia's counties caused the National Guard to move into action for the protection of our citizens; and
Whereas, The National Guardsmen activated by the governor's call to respond moved quickly and efficiently into the affected areas of West Virginia lending themselves to the communities with compassion, dedication and a genuine concern for their fellow man; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby commends the West Virginia National Guard for its outstanding and dedicated service to the citizens of West Virginia through its active participation in the aftermath of the blizzard and flooding crisis of January, 1996; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard.